Back in early April, the New York Giants were reportedly slated to host free agent running back Tim Hightower for a visit. That never happened and it was speculated that he may re-sign with the Washington Redskins. That didn’t happen either and now the five-year veteran will finally make his way to East Rutherford to meet with Big Blue on Wednesday.
With David Wilson and Andre Brown already penciled in as the No. 1 and 2 backs respectively, the Giants appear to be seeking talented, quality depth to compete with Da’Rel Scott, Ryan Torain (Hightower’s former Redskins back-up), seventh-round pick Michael Cox and a number of other undrafted rookie free agents who have either been signed or invited in for a tryout.
Because the Giants are openly seeking another running back, it has essentially left the door open for two familiar faces: Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. However, neither back has met or talked with the Giants, and both appear to be moving on with their careers. Bradshaw has received interest from both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, while Jacobs took to Instagram on Tuesday saying “I wished for [a return], but it’s just not possible.”
If the Giants do sign Hightower, it would likely be on a one-year, veteran minimum deal. They would also need to cut someone from the current 90-man roster in order to make room for him.
In 53 career games, Hightower has gained 2,054 yards on 523 carries (3.9 ypc) and scored 24 touchdowns. He’s also hauled in 128 passes for 879 yards and a touchdown.
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